Posted on Nov. 09, 2017 by Canada Post in Latest Stamps

This Hanukkah stamp, honouring the Jewish Festival of Lights, is the third issue in 2017 to mark a cultural celebration that is special to many Canadians. It follows our issue this year of the Eid and Diwali stamps.

Hanukkah begins on the 25th day of Kislev in the Hebrew calendar, which usually falls in November or December in Canada (this year, it takes place from December 12 to 20). The festival commemorates the rededication of Judaism’s holiest site, the Temple in Jerusalem, following the triumph of the Maccabees in their fight for religious freedom, circa 165 BC. As the story goes, although there was only enough oil in the Temple menorah to burn for one day, it miraculously lasted for eight. As such, the eight-day kindling of a menorah, adding a light each day with a shamash candle, is central to Hanukkah celebrations.

According to Entro designer Angela Carter, the geometric design represents the different types of menorahs, those burning oil and candles, along with a strong contrast between light and dark, which creates the appearance of flickering flames. The shamash is topped with the Star of David.

Stamp Specifications

  • Product #: 414066111
  • Layout: Booklet of 10 stamps
  • Price: $8.50
  • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • Design: Entro Communications
  • Dimensions: 28 mm x 35 mm
  • Printer: Lowe-Martin
  • Printing Process: Lithography in 6 colours
  • Quantity: 300,000
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  • Product #: 414066131
  • Layout: Official First Day Cover
  • Price: $1.85
  • Denomination: Permanent™ (domestic rate)
  • OFDC Cancellation Location: Montréal QC
  • Design: Entro Communications
  • Dimensions: 190 mm x 112 mm
  • Printer: Lowe-Martin
  • Quantity: 12,000
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